Why would you want an Android app with a name such as ‘No Root Screenshot It’? Well, taking a screenshot on your computer is a fundamental principle. Everyone knows how to do it, most people take advantage of it, and the world keeps on spinning. For some reason, though, Google never quite grasped this concept of a ‘screenshot’. Android is getting pretty mature nowadays. It has a phone and tablet version, but there is still no way to take a screenshot without hooking your phone up to the SDK and using developer tools (really Google, really?!) or downloading a third party application.
Furthermore, such third party applications often require a rooted Android phone, which is a no-go for most regular human beings, and an additional step for willing nerds. Fortunately, I just came across an application in the Android Market that can take a screenshot on your phone without you having to root it first. There are, however, a couple of catches…Â
No Root Screenshot It doesn’t leave an awful lot to the imagination, in fact it does pretty much what it says on the tin. Catch number one is that the application isn’t free: it costs around £3 from the Android Market (the price will vary over time depending on the exchange rate), but if you’re going to be taking screenshots a lot then it’s more than worth coughing up the change. There is a free trial version available if you don’t want to commit to buying straight away, too.
Catch number two is that this is a tethered fix. In other words, you need to connect your phone to your computer, Mac or PC, via USB and use a free application from the same developer to enable the no root screenshot. Once you have activated it, you can then disconnect your phone and take screenshots to your heart’s content, but if you shut down or reboot your phone, you’ll have to re-activate the functionality.
If you’re more of an impulsive screenshotter like myself, you can also choose to take a screenshot by giving your phone a good ol’ shake. Using the accelerometer to determine how hard you’re shaking, the phone will take a screenshot and give you the option to save it, crop it, or share it on the fly. Unlike other rooted screenshot applications that employ similar functionality, you can also determine how hard the phone must be shaken before a screenshot is taken, which is great if you go running with your phone and don’t want a screenshot to be taken every time you take an extra step…
For £3, No Root Screenshot It is an absolute bargain, especially if you’re taking a lot of shots on the go and don’t have access to the Android SDK. You can buy it from the Android Market right now, Â so go ahead and let us know what you think!